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Posted August 20th, 2014 at 5:21 AM by Nick

So about a month ago I posted a blog with a picture that showed the login screen for a mobile style that I was working on. Really, nothing much has changed on that except for some color changes. But I decided to stop working on it, because of the thought that I had that nobody would really use it. I announced in my thread that I wasn't going to work on it anymore because of reasons, and that's the reason.

Even though it's something that's in demand around here, there's no guarantee that people will use any style any style developer creates, because of the overwhelming choices that you have as a member which style you want to browse. And honestly, I really don't like that. I work very hard on my styles and I do it not only because I enjoy it, but I really like creating styles for PC and being a part of your user experience that the style creates.

Nothing makes me happier while I'm on here than knowing someone uses my style, and I think any of the other style developers around here can attest to that satisfaction. We don't want our work ignored. And I don't want to say especially me since I'm not sure how the other developers think, but since I left the staff, the only time I ever feel appreciated anymore around here is when I release a style.

That's what I fear will happen if I create a style for mobile. I'm afraid that I will spend all of these hours on it. Designing it, tweaking it, making it perfect. Then going into the code, and coding the front end code from scratch only to have people choosing to browse the forums on their mobile device with a different style than the one that I spent so much time on. I really don't like that thought.

I'm a perfectionist with my designs, so before I release something, it has to be absolutely stunning in my own eyes. When it gets to that point, I can't wait to show everybody what I made. I'm also pretty proud, especially of my designs that I create on my own without any per hire scenarios. I pretty much disregard 90% of the critique people have as them not knowing any better because they have different tastes than me and, like I said, I'm pretty proud of them.

Still, I decided today that I was going to work on it again when I went on PC on my phone and was like "Okay. Enough's enough of this terrible experience." And then I found some inspiration while I was driving that I just wanted to try out, so I rushed home and worked on it. It's not much of an update, but its something. And it makes me excited to continue working on it, despite my doubts.

Here's what I worked on when I came home. I'm including the login screen as well for people who didn't see, and because I made some changes (added, changed text; changed colors). I also have a great design that I'm going to start working on after I flesh it out on paper for the user profile! But for now, here's what I have:



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  1. Old Comment
    Logan's Avatar
    Looks amazing nick, I'd use it 100% of the time when on mobile no doubt
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 7:15 AM by Logan Logan is offline
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    seeker's Avatar
    You really shouldn't exclude Guests from the forum. People need/want to see content of something before they sign up. Hell, I signed up because I was able to see content as a guest. Here I am, 5 years later.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 7:29 AM by seeker seeker is offline
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    Nick's Avatar
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    Originally Posted by abnegation View Comment
    You really shouldn't exclude Guests from the forum. People need/want to see content of something before they sign up. Hell, I signed up because I was able to see content as a guest. Here I am, 5 years later.
    Its just like that for now. It's not going to be like that when I'm done. This just simplifies it in my mind for me.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 7:38 AM by Nick Nick is offline
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    I'm actually really looking forward to this style for the simple reason that I'll actually be able to browse PC on my phone. My phone's screen isn't that large, and using PC styles that require a computer screen to work with properly just makes it really awkward to use. Now I'll be able to actually browse content and not have to be constantly zooming in and out and working around bulky javascript controls to browse and read threads.

    This style will be awesome and I know it.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 9:20 AM by
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    Klippy's Avatar
    I'll use it. If you made it an app, that'd be even more impressive and cool. Plus if you just made your Mobile theme the default option, it would stick. Especially if someone's just checking on their phone real quick.

    Looks great though!
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 10:55 AM by Klippy Klippy is offline
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    El Héroe Oscuro's Avatar
    I'm confused - so are you or aren't you making a mobile style? Because it sounds like you're still working on it, so you might as well just publish it when you feel like its a finished project.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 1:16 PM by El Héroe Oscuro El Héroe Oscuro is offline
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    Nick's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dracul View Comment
    I'm confused - so are you or aren't you making a mobile style? Because it sounds like you're still working on it, so you might as well just publish it when you feel like its a finished project.
    I'm going to still design it, because the designing part is really enjoyable figuring out where things should go, and it's just something I enjoy. But I'm not going to go any further unless I know people are going to use it. If people aren't going to use it, then it just feels like I wasted countless hours of my time making something that nobody wants to use, or uses reluctantly if they're forced to use it.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 1:30 PM by Nick Nick is offline
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    test_account's Avatar
    this is a comments test.
    we need mobile styles.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 1:39 PM by test_account test_account is offline
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    test_account's Avatar
    yup, we do.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 1:40 PM by test_account test_account is offline
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    test_account's Avatar
    Nexus test
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 1:42 PM by test_account test_account is offline
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    El Héroe Oscuro's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr. Downstairs View Comment
    I'm going to still design it, because the designing part is really enjoyable figuring out where things should go, and it's just something I enjoy. But I'm not going to go any further unless I know people are going to use it. If people aren't going to use it, then it just feels like I wasted countless hours of my time making something that nobody wants to use, or uses reluctantly if they're forced to use it.
    At the same time, considering it's going to be a "one of a kind" type of style where it fits well with mobiles, I feel like a lot of people are going to be up for it. However, I still seeing where you're coming from. If you really want the max amount of your audience to use this - which I personally can see myself using it if done right - you should cater to what the people want. If you match the wants and needs of the consumer so to speak, than it should ultimately be a success. Best of luck nonetheless with whatever path you choose to take with this. I'm very impressed either way with what you've been able to do so far.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 2:38 PM by El Héroe Oscuro El Héroe Oscuro is offline
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    donavannj's Avatar
    Well, if it loads fast on mobile, and functions aren't broken on it, I'd use it. The skins I currently use on my phone are ones that are extremely light on the number of images they use, like PokeLink 3 or PC Pro Blue Edition.
    Posted August 20th, 2014 at 8:21 PM by donavannj donavannj is offline